Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the Field of Secondary Special Education and Transition Services

This interdisciplinary master of arts in education and human development (MAEd&HD) degree program prepares educators and support personnel to address the needs of youth and young adults with special needs for careers and transition from school to postsecondary education, employment, and independent living and community participation. Several programs offer teacher licensure certification preparation in categorical learning, emotional, and behavioral disabilities, or noncategorical special education. Other programs are non-teacher licensure and focus on development of interdisciplinary transition knowledge, competencies, and skills.

The curriculum integrates the roles of relevant disciplines and service agencies, including postsecondary planning, evidence-based practices, instructional and curriculum strategies, service delivery models, and accommodations and supports from the classroom to postsecondary education. The program includes traditional course work, practicum, and internship, as well as field-based professional practice and research. Students can plan their programs to emphasize interdisciplinary secondary and career programming, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: a minimum of 33 credits, including 3 credits in core courses, 30 to 42 credits within a concentration, and successful completion of the master's comprehensive examination.

Students in concentrations other than brain injury specialist (without licensure) and interdisciplinary transition services (without licensure) also must complete the relevant teacher licensure assessments (i.e., PRAXIS) required by the District of Columbia Educator Licensure Services Office.

Requirements for completion of the comprehensive examination and for teacher licensure assessments vary by concentration.

Secondary special education and transition services required core courses:
EDUC 6114Introduction to Quantitative Research
SPED 6222Legal Issues and Public Policy for Individuals With Disabilities
SPED 6233Curriculum in Special Education
SPED 6236Introduction to Career and Career–Technical Education and Transition Services
SPED 6280Developmental Assessment of Adolescents

Adolescents with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities Concentration

SPED 6201Overview and Legal Issues in Educating Exceptional Learners
SPED 6203Research and Practice: Diagnostic Reading for Exceptional Learners
SPED 6231Instructional Methods in Secondary Special Education and Transition
SPED 6238Issues in Educating Individuals with Learning, Emotional, and Intellectual Disabilities
SPED 6239Analysis of Teaching and Collaboration for Professionals Working with Students with Disabilities
SPED 6280Developmental Assessment of Adolescents
SPED 6288Characteristics of Individuals with Learning, Emotional, and Intellectual Disabilities
SPED 6290Affective Development and Behavior Management in Special Education
SPED 6992Behavior Management Practicum: Adolescents with Disabilities
SPED 6996Teaching Internship in Transition Special Education

Adolescents with Learning Disabilities Concentration

SPED 6201Overview and Legal Issues in Educating Exceptional Learners
SPED 6203Research and Practice: Diagnostic Reading for Exceptional Learners
SPED 6231Instructional Methods in Secondary Special Education and Transition
SPED 6238Issues in Educating Individuals with Learning, Emotional, and Intellectual Disabilities
SPED 6239Analysis of Teaching and Collaboration for Professionals Working with Students with Disabilities
SPED 6280Developmental Assessment of Adolescents
SPED 6288Characteristics of Individuals with Learning, Emotional, and Intellectual Disabilities
SPED 6290Affective Development and Behavior Management in Special Education
SPED 6995School- and Community-Based Internship in Special Education and Transition (taken for 1 credit)
SPED 6996Teaching Internship in Transition Special Education (taken twice)

Brain Injury Special Educator Concentration

EDUC 6114Introduction to Quantitative Research
SPED 6201Overview and Legal Issues in Educating Exceptional Learners
SPED 6222Legal Issues and Public Policy for Individuals With Disabilities
SPED 6223Introduction to Brain Injury: Programs, Policies, and Resources
SPED 6224Brain Function and Impact of Brain Injury on Learning and Education
CPED 6626Practicum 1: Reading Diagnosis, Assessment, and Solutions
SPED 6231Instructional Methods in Secondary Special Education and Transition
SPED 6233Curriculum in Special Education
SPED 6240Family Support and Guidance in Special Education
SPED 6255Collaboration with Systems and Families
SPED 6280Developmental Assessment of Adolescents
SPED 6290Affective Development and Behavior Management in Special Education
SPED 6996Teaching Internship in Transition Special Education (taken twice)

Brain Injury Specialist Concentration (without licensure)

SPED 6223Introduction to Brain Injury: Programs, Policies, and Resources
SPED 6224Brain Function and Impact of Brain Injury on Learning and Education
SPED 6230Vocational Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities (taken for 3 credits)
or SPED 6231 Instructional Methods in Secondary Special Education and Transition
SPED 6240Family Support and Guidance in Special Education
or SPED 6100 Selected Topics
SPED 6255Collaboration with Systems and Families
SPED 6290Affective Development and Behavior Management in Special Education
SPED 6995School- and Community-Based Internship in Special Education and Transition (taken twice)

Interdisciplinary Transition Services Concentration (without licensure)

SPED 6210Universal Design for Learning and Assessment
SPED 6230Vocational Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities (taken for 3 credits)
SPED 6231Instructional Methods in Secondary Special Education and Transition
SPED 6234Seminar in Advanced Writing and Professional Presentation (taken for 3 credits)
SPED 6235Employment Models for Individuals with Disabilities
SPED 6255Collaboration with Systems and Families
SPED 6995School- and Community-Based Internship in Special Education and Transition (taken twice)